Report: James Harrison might be released by Steelers
By Marc Sessler
Published: March 07, 2013 at 12:00 PM PST
Modified: March 07, 2013 at 12:01 PM PST
The Pittsburgh Steelers continue to talk with James Harrison 's camp, but with the sides no closer to a redone contract, the linebacker's future is hazier than ever.
Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Harrison could be released unless a deal is worked out by Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline, marking the start of the new league calendar. A source familiar with the negotiations told Bouchette the Steelers -- who must be under the cap by that time -- are asking Harrison to take a pay cut, leaving the sides stuck on numbers.
"We absolutely want to do this, we absolutely want to be in Pittsburgh," said Harrison's agent, Bill Parise, who declined further comment.
Parise told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport on Tuesday that both sides have worked "incredibly hard" on a new deal, but it was unclear at the time if Harrison, 34, was being asked to chop his $6.57 million for 2013. It's now clear the Steelers have no plans to pay him that amount or the $7.6 million he's due next season.
Steelers coaches still want Harrison in the fold , but there's a gap in expectations here. Few teams do a better job than Pittsburgh of locking down its own talent. If they want Harrison around, they'll get this done, but they aren't a team in the habit of overpaying aging players.
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